Enchanted Cottage

A few times a week if the weather is fine, I pull on my running shoes and lope around a track near my house for a few laps, just to get the creative juices flowing. I always walk to the track from one direction and then take another route back. When homeward bound, I pass a favorite house of mine: a comely Victorian painted buttercup yellow and white, with a light blue door and shutters – a lovely, cheerful combination!

One day, as I made my way home, I had a surprise: Firmly planted on a pole near the sidewalk in front of the house I take such pleasure in passing was a cozy little wooden cottage – an exact replica! Like its stately companion, it was yellow, white, and had a blue door and shutters. Only, this little house was a little bookstall! A pleasing row of books nestled inside, waiting to be read. Adorable!

Of course, I opened the little door and peeked inside. And miracle of miracles, one of the books in this enchanted cottage was Warlight, a novel that my fabulous sister Stephanie and I had just been discussing. Over tea, she had analyzed the structure for me, which she loves to do as an editor. And, as I was admiring her insights, I kept thinking, I really should get this novel and read it myself. And now, as if from the sky, a fresh new copy had dropped into my hands.

What a surge of delight I felt when I saw a book I was longing to read! It reminded me of going to my local library as a kid and scooping up treasures from its shelves. This library branch in Upper Manhattan where I grew up was small and a bit battered, but to me it was a palace of books – a place where I could lose and find myself at the same time.

So many of us come to writing through reading – through the joy writers gave us when we were young. Giving our own readers that surge of anticipation – this is one of the goals many of us strive for. And what a gift it is! In a world where we are all bombarded with visual, prepackaged images, it seems more important than ever to let people create their own using their imaginations, whether via the pages of a book, on a screen, or through listening. Write on!

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About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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